One is sometimes surprised at the naivet of many well-informed people who consider food scarcity, price hike and rule of law as unconnected activities. During the great Bengal famine, the godowns of hoarders were full while people were dying of starvation. The world famous economist, Amartya Sen, who did ground-breaking work on poverty, says the Bengal famines were not due to lack of productivity as much as they were due to mal-distribution and bad food governance. -DR ZULFIQUAR HAIDER, Lahore Cantt., via e-mail, July 8.